Kitchen Considerations


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Design tip from Susan O’Brien, Allied Member ASID

Moxie Design


Susie O’Brien’s approach has Moxie. She loves working with empowered clients who need a professional to coach them through kitchen layouts and finish options. She provides enough coaching to ensure that her clients — who are DIYers at heart — have confidence in moving ahead with a kitchen facelift.

Kitchen Considerations

When you’re in the market to give your kitchen a facelift, here are 10 items to consider:


  • Cabinets — paint and/or reface cabinets, add glass, install some open and pull-down shelving

  • Storage — add appliance garages and a charging station; convert base cabinets to recycling cabinets with rollouts; install a tall pantry cabinet with rollout shelves

  • Countertops — update with quartz, wood or stainless steel; create an eating bar

  • Backsplash — provide some pizzazz with beautiful tile, aka kitchen jewelry

  • Walls — paint for fabulous color; put up wallpaper; install beadboard

  • Hardware — change your look easily with new pulls, available in a variety of styles from rustic to contemporary

  • Flat-screen TV, IPAD — bring your kitchen into today with an IPAD and a wall or pull-down flat-screen TV

  • Doors — switch out exterior sliding doors to French doors or a sliding pocket door with a chalkboard panel

  • Lighting — install lights under and/or over cabinets as well as inside the pantry; add tracks for pendants

  • Appliances — update with an espresso maker, dishwasher drawer or microwave, refrigerator wine cooler or refrigerator drawer for kid’s drinks and healthy snacks

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